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GHSA Team Preview: Pace Academy Knights

Pace Academy Knights

Head Coach: Sharman White

Region: 6-AA

2020-2021 Record: 28-2 (State Champions)

Key Players: Josh Reed (Cincinnati Commit)

KJ Greene

Bryson Tiller

LJ Moore

Key Games: Nov. 20 – McEachern

Nov. 27 – Norcross

Dec. 4 – Wheeler TOC

Dec. 7 - Columbia

Dec. 10 – Lake Oswego (OR)

Dec. 11 – DeMatha Catholic (MD)

Dec. 18-21 – Playing for a Change

Dec. 31 – Big South Shootout

Jan. 7 - Lovett

Jan. 14-17 – Flyin’ to the Hoop

Feb. 4 - Lovett

Team Preview:

A couple of the familiar names in the Knights program have moved on, with Matthew Cleveland and Cole Middleton beginning their collegiate careers. However, expectations will still be high for this year’s squad as head coach Sharman White is in search of another state title.

Senior Josh Reed saw one of the biggest rises over the course of the last year, gaining national attention and a heavy recruitment that saw him commit to Cincinnati. The lefty wing will be leaned on to score at a high level and will be the go-to scoring option for the Knights this year. He is one of the lone notable upperclassmen on this team, and his experience and leadership will be crucial this season.

Sophomore point guard KJ Greene will be the primary ball handler and floor general for the Knights, as he transfers in from Blythewood (SC). He is very good at setting the table and making plays, and he really excels in ball screens and making reads. He’s a notable name nationally in 2024 and could be the best lead guard in Georgia’s sophomore class.

Freshman big man Bryson Tiller has not yet played a high school game, but has plenty of good experience, playing up at the 17U level during the travel season with Atlanta Xpress. At 6-foot-8 he already has the size and skill to compete with the best frontcourt players in the state and already holds offers from Tulane, Auburn, Cleveland State, and Georgia Tech.

The supplementary contributors could be big factors for the Knights as well. Sophomore wing LJ Moore showed great promise a year ago as a freshman and on the travel circuit as well. He will likely see a boost in production this year. Seniors Matthew Aronson and Buck Hall should also provide good minutes this season for Pace.


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